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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Chettinattu Chumma Kuzhambu

If one gets a chance to taste this curry, it will prove how Chettiar ladies are good at making nice gravy literally out of nothing and that too in no time. 'chumma' in tamil means simply nothing. When we are short of vegetables or time to cook then this kuzhambu will be very handy. My younger daughter loves this since she need not do much filtration. She will always tell me ‘Amma make that 5 minutes kolumbu’. Children always want just the gravy. For them this will be a blessing in disguise. This gravy can be used both for tiffin and rice

Small onions-20 or big onion one(nicely minced)
Tamarind-a small piece (if the gravy is for tiffin use very little tamarind)
Curry leaves-little
Turmeric powder-1/2 teaspoon
Kuzhambu milagai thool-1 table spoon
(Those who don’t have this thool can use coriander powder-1 table spoon and
Chili powder-1/2 table spoon)

Take 3 to 4 cups of water mix the salt and tamarind nicely in that water. Smash the nicely minced onion and the tomatoes little with your hand and add them into the water.(don’t smash them to a paste)Add the milagai thool and turmeric powder. Keep them in a vessel in the stove and allow the kuzhambu to boil nicely for 5 to 6 minutes. Switch off the stove. Season it with mustard seed urudh dhal, curry leaf and small jeera .Small jeera will give this kuzhambu a nice taste.


vidhya said...


awesome recipes. Pl. post the recipe for pakoda kuzhambu soon.

Devashena said...

Hi aachi, tried this kulambu today & liked it a lot... there's ntng in this kulambu but there's something in the taste tht makes it drool worthy... thanks a lot for the recipe...:)

tamil said...


Can u kindly post the receipe for cabbage potato pirattal..

tamil said...


CAn u kindly post the receipe for cabbage potato pirattal

Vidhya said...

Achi! Awesome recipes. I used to call my mom back in India for the recipes, corrections and suggestions. Your blog is so handy. Achi pls post the recipe for therakkal using chilli powder and coriander powder, bcos my home made milagaipodi is out of stock. Have to get it from India in my next visit. Also for pulikuzhambu like ennaikathirikkai kuzhambu, karivadaga kuzhambu can u pls tell me the ratio of chilli powder and coriander powder. Thank you.

Solai Chidambaram said...

vidhya,dont worry if you are out of stock of kuzhambu milagai thool.For pulikuzhambu and many others I too use the chilli powder corriander powder mix.Use 1 table spoon chilli powder and 2 tablespoons corriander powder for pulikuzhambu and karivadaga kuzhambu.For sambar use little less corriander powder.

Vidhya said...

Well, I tried that achi. But i dont get that consistency which we get while using milagaipodi(homemade one). Also the raw flavour of coriander powder doesnt go off. What can be done for that?se

Solai Chidambaram said...

vidhya,try this.Take 50 gms chilli powder,100 gms corriander powder.To that powder this and add
1 table spoon pepper
1 tablespoon-small jeera
1 table spoon-fennel seed
1 teaspoon fenugreek
In a kadai dry roast these items.grind to a smooth powder.add chilli powder and corriander powder also and grind.I think this will be similar to our kuzhambu milagai thool.

Vidhya said...

Thanks achi, Will try this and let u know whether it worked out or not. Pls post some savoury recipes like thattai, seedai and sweets like pal kozhukkattai, pal paniyaram etc.

Vidhya said...

Yeah it was really better and i have kept a little quantity in fridge for later use though not sure how it will be after a day or two. Thank you

Asha said...

hi achi,
tried this chumma kulambu......wow really superb....but the tomato and onions does nt boil well....shall we put in cooker for 1 steam so that it boils well....achi once again thank for thos wonderful receipe.....simply superb......

Skl said...

Hello aunty
We tried this recipe,came out very well,simplicity of this dish is amazing and it's so tasty,best part is only few mins to make this,never had this before,had with rice,went very well,
Nice to have so many delicious recipes in your blog,never went out to eat ever since we got your blog,it's so tasty,you have done excellent work,it will help so many people esp newly married,thank you,skl

Solai Chidambaram said...

Really amazed the way you enjoy cooking SKL, and the most important leaving a comment after trying each one.Thankyou so much.

Priya said...

Hello Aunty

I came across your site just today and I should say that you have a very useful site here.... Thanks a lot. I tried your chumma Kuzhambu even though I had all vegetables at home... hahah.. and it turned out amazingly yummy.. wow... Thanks for the recipe.. The title of this recipe is very attractive and it leads every one to experiment it to see the final outcome... :)

Selvah said...

Hello Aachi - This is gr8. Very simple to prepare in no time. The whole family loved it. Goes well with Mini Idlis too!!